Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
January 2, 2008

Polar Bears raise record amount for HCCF  

Most people take New Year’s Day slowly, sleeping in, watching bowl games, maybe having an extra cup or two of coffee. For some 39 intrepid local residents, including more than a few from Schreiner University, however, January 1 meant it was time to head out to Mo-Ranch Conference Center and splash into the cold Guadalupe River for charity.

Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Challenge 2008The water temperature was 42 degrees, and the event, sponsored annually by Mo-Ranch, set a new record, raising more than $20,000 – the most money was raised in the 15-year history of the event.

Each year, Mo-Ranch sponsors the Polar Bear Challenge to raise money to benefit a local charity. This year, the beneficiary is Schreiner’s Hill Country College Fund, which provides need-based tuition grants to Schreiner students from Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera, Kendall, Kimble Edwards and Real counties.

Fred Gamble, Schreiner University’s vice president for administration and finance, was the event’s top fundraiser, with more than $6,000. Overall, the event raised more than $15,000, a Polar Bear record.

Among others on the official Schreiner Polar Bear Team were Arthur Bell, Mike Lowe, Paul Camfield, Ron Macosko, Sarah Dixon, Andrew Miller, Paco Espinoza, Kiley Miller, Kamron Farhoudi, Pat Murray, Jose Flores, Rick Phipps, Fred Gamble, Greg Shrader, Charles Gray, Bob Waller, Matt Goodwyn, Mindy Wendele and Peter Lewis.     

Other participants included Johnny Richey from Freeport, TX, who came the longest distance; Neil Duvall, the youngest Polar Bear at 13; Arthur Bell, the oldest Polar Bear at 76; Riana Dalton, who took the longest slide—70 feet out; and Robert Earl Keen, who made the biggest splash. Bob Waller and Matthew McGinnis were named bluest Polar Bear and best costume went to Jose Flores and Bob Waller. Kayla Brock was named bravest “Polar Bear.”

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